Baku, The Walled City

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Some snapshots from my recent June trip to Baku, Azerbaijan. I spent an afternoon wandering The Walled City of Baku, the archaic part of the city positioned on the edge of the Caspian Sea and surrounded by a 12th century wall. 

Pomegranates commonly appear in various art forms in Azerbaijan and beyond. In the East, the pomegranate has been considered the king of fruits from the earliest of times. This may arise from the original shape of its sepals which form a ‘crown’. It is even believed that the pomegranate may have given people the idea of the crown for a king. 

Old_Baku_CarpetsOutdoor cafe. He caught me. 

Baku_PreservativesI was treated to a traditional Azerbaijani breakfast of traditional breads and spreads. The table was laden with cheeses, dried fruits, olives, and spreads. The wall of the restaurant was lined with preserved goods *swoon* 

Old_Baku_Silk_RoadThis is an Azerbaijani restaurant now, but it was built in the 14th century to serve an an inn for camels and merchants traveling on the Silk Road.

Every photo I took was naturally filled with bright colors and beautiful art. What a rich history and culture!

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Another highlight was my visit to the architectural miracle Heydar Aliyev Center. Previous post and more photos are here. 

 

 

 

 

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